"OpenBSD, whose new version 2.8 was announced last Friday, is
the one entry in the panoply of open source operating systems that
currently doesn't seem to be on too many radar screens. However, I
suspect that will change sooner rather than later, since OpenBSD
has been focusing on one particular set of features that other OSes
-- open source and otherwise -- are frantically working to
"OpenBSD's claim to fame is its focus on integrated security and
cryptography. To this end, the OpenBSD developers spend a
substantial amount of their time auditing the core OS source in an
effort to find and fix bugs with security ramifications before
they're actually exploited."
"The purpose of this column isn't, however, to simply extoll
OpenBSD's virtues. Those with an interest in a security-focused,
Unix-like OS can make their way over to the OpenBSD site to read as
much (or as little) of the plentiful documentation as they need and
make up their own minds."
"That said, I suspect that my set of needs aren't unique and
that others might find OpenBSD useful, yet aren't aware of it.
Hopefully this column will change that."
"My goal is to build a Unix server that runs the services that I
need, without exposing my data or network to unnecessary